Monday, December 24, 2012

A Season’s Greeting to one & all from The Parrish Lantern

 

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This is The Parrish Lantern’s third Christmas and, like the previous two, I still look around, check over my shoulder and think well I’m still here. Nobody’s called me out and declared what a fraud I must be, so……………. a big thanks to those that have followed since those Jurassic times and another to those who have come on board since – Thanks for contributing via comments, suggestions etc., thanks for visiting and a big thanks for being  polite enough not  to mention my failings.  All that’s left for me to do is to offer you the best of this season’s greetings and may the coming year meet all of with your wishes.

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Little Tree - E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)

Little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and I'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree 
we'll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"

Edward Estlin Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry.

This seasons joy to one and all from The Parrish Lantern.

holly5

12 comments:

Bellezza said...

A fraud? Are you kidding me?! You're one of my most favorite bloggers, a bibliophile and poet beyond compare. I love the winter branches; winter is my favorite season and the bareness is all the more lovely for the hope which is to come. Merry Christmas, Gary! xo

James said...

Thank you for all the wonderful poetry you share with your followers and others. Happy reading for the season and beyond.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I'm with Bellezza all the way. Yours is a wonderful blog, enriching and entertaining, and I have learned much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family and friends!

me. said...

I'm with the above too!, all the best for the New Year, looking forward to reading about your future readings!.

mel u said...

I agree with everyone else. Best wishes for next year and look forward to many years of reading your blog

markbooks said...

Merry Christmas to you too!

Suko said...

Your blog's quite unique and engaging has introduced me to poetry I've never before read--thank you! Little Tree is the perfect choice for today.

Have a jolly Christmas, will ya?!

Tony said...

A merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year :)

Rise said...

Happy Christmas, Gary!

Parrish Lantern said...

Hi Bellezza, thanks & best wishes glad you liked my picture (photo ed) & Haiku.

Hi James in return with extra kudos. Best wishes.


Hello Prashant thank you & the best to you.

Hi Me, Thanks, best wishes & may you continued to inspire with your literary choices.

Hi Mark best wishes to a fellow shadow

Hello Suko thanks & glad you liked it. Best wishes for this season.

Hi Tony. Best wishes for Xmas & the new year.

Hello Rise. Best wishes and here's to finishing Bolano's oeuvre.









Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Beautiful (as always).

Parrish Lantern said...

Thanks Deb & a happy New Year